Made possible by from the William G. and Marie Selby and Linnie E. Dalbeck Foundations
Sarasota – August 27, 2018 – For the first time in almost 30 years, kitchen equipment at Meals on Wheels of Sarasota has been updated. Thanks to generous donors and a $53,000 grant from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and a grant for $35,000 from the Linnie E. Dalbeck Foundation Trust, $90,000 in upgrades will have a long term, healthy impact for residents in need.
The organization does not receive food or funding from the federal government and relies on the compassion and generosity of donors and foundations. The funds raised to update the kitchen were part of a yearlong campaign. As the only nonprofit organization that brings ready-to-eat food to residents in its 600 square-mile service area, Meals on Wheels is life-changing for those who are unable to visit a local food pantry or grocery store.
Since 1971, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota has prepared, packaged and delivered meals to the homebound, mentally or physically disabled or elderly, and residents who are at risk of going without. Monday through Saturday, as many as 500 heart healthy meals a day are prepared in the kitchen at Meals on Wheels, then packed and delivered by hundreds of dedicated and friendly volunteers. The new equipment is more energy efficient, saves time, and makes it possible to expand on menu options – ideal for preparing 180,000 meals per year.
“We are thrilled to upgrade and improve our kitchen, and are grateful to our donors,” said Marjorie Broughton, executive director. “We can feed hundreds of residents every day who are at risk of facing hunger and its associated health issues, more efficiently than ever.”
In addition to replacing equipment, an industrial steamer was installed so that great quantities of fresh steamed vegetables and rice can be prepared – while retaining flavor and valuable nutrients. The daily heart healthy menu is created to meet the USDA’s Recommended Daily Intake, and the meals are not only tasty, but they are low sodium, lower fat, and lower sugar.
To donate and learn more about Meals on Wheels of Sarasota visit: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-366-6693.
Courtesy Photo: Chef Stacy Ostolaza with the new steamer at Meals on Wheels of Sarasota.